Our Honeymoon: Part II

You can read about Part I of our honeymoon here! 


On the third day of our honeymoon we had plans to go surfing! Tofino was named one of the best surf towns in the world by National Geographic awhile ago and I was very excited to try it. I booked us lessons for noon that day.

Since I had booked us later lessons we were able to enjoy a nice sleep-in and breakfast together that morning. We actually wandered down to our little beach with our coffee & bailey’s for a walk and ended up saving a stranded sea star that had been washed inland overnight!

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Honestly, starting our day with coffee on the beach was the most amazing thing ever. If this could be my reality every day of my life I would be in heaven 🙂

Before we knew it it was time to head down for our surfing lessons!

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Surfing was SO MUCH FUN but holy man is it ever tricky! By the end of our three hour lesson I still hadn’t managed to get to my feet, but I had a blast trying. Eric did manage to shakily stand up a couple of times!

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After surfing we went back to our cabin to shower and get cleaned up and once again the sun was shining brightly on our beach! We decided to sit on the beach and enjoy a few drinks before walking into town for dinner.

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We decided to go for sushi that evening and had an amazing dinner with a beautiful view of the harbour (I didn’t bring my camera along so photos are iPhone pics!)

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We enjoyed some raw oysters with dinner. Eric enjoyed them, I did not…

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We watched another incredible sunset from the rocks that evening. So beautiful!

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We had so much fun surfing that we decided to rent boards and spend our last day in Tofino in the ocean surfing some more! It was so much fun but I never did manage to stand up successfully. Next time!

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After a long nap back at our cabin that afternoon we got all fancied up to go for a nice dinner out on our last night in Tofino. We headed to the Pointe Restaurant a tthe Wickanninnish Inn and it did not disappoint!

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Apparently the pastry chef at this restaurant is very well-known for his unconventional desserts. For example i ordered cheesecake and this is what it looked like:

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The funny story about this is that Eric ordered the “grapefruit” dessert option, which had foie gras as part of it, and the server said “oooh, adventurous!” when he ordered it. When she brought it over and presented it to him Eric said, “um, what’s foie gras?” and the server got this very surprised look on her face and was like, “oh, I was under the impression you knew what foie gras was… it’s…um…duck liver.” Ha. Eric’s face was hilarious.

However, he ate it up like a champ!

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The next day it was time to say goodbye to Tofino and I was definitely sad to go! We stopped in Coombs one more time on the way back and actually saw the goats on the roof this time!! 🙂

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Sadly when we arrived in Victoria it was pouring rain. We went in search of some fish and chips for lunch and then waited in the lounge area while we waited for our room to be ready. We decided to splurge for the last night of our honeymoon and stay at the Fairmont Empress which was definitely worth the splurge as it was a gorgeous hotel!

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When the rain finally let up we walked to get Thai food at the same restaurant I ate at with Lisa, Lauren and Leigh when we were here for our girls running weekend back in October! It was a lovely walk back along the harbour!

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We then ordered some delicious (and expensive!) room service desserts and went to bed early.

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We enjoyed a complimentary breakfast at the Empress the next morning before checking out and heading over to Fisherman’s Wharf. Sadly it was too early in the day and not much was going on there, but it was fun to wander around a little.

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As we were driving out to catch our ferry I started crying because I was SO SAD that our wedding and honeymoon was coming to an end. I’ve never spent so much time planning one thing before and it felt surreal, and so sad, to see such an amazing time come to an end. We ended up popping into lululemon and David’s Tea on our way to the ferry for some much needed retail therapy, which did make me feel a bit better 🙂

Saying “see you later” to Vancouver Island was definitely bittersweet. I can’t wait to go back there again for a vacation soon and we’re already talking of repeating the entire trip for our 10th anniversary. We may or may not have a couple of kids in tow then, though 😉

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Have you ever been so sad for a trip to end that you cried?  

16 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    There were definitely some post-wedding tears for me, I don’t think post-honeymoon but I think I stopped that by booking my next trip to Sedona for the following February on my last night of our honeymoon hahaha.
    Surfing is DEFINITELY hard, did the instructor help you catch a wave? That for me was harder than standing up, once I caught the wave i stood up okay- this is probably because of waterskiing/wakeboarding because I can do those things but the boat pulls you up for those haha.

    I loved reading about your honeymoon! 🙂

  2. I loved reading about your honeymoon! It sounded like the perfect mix of relaxing and enjoying each other’s company and doing activites like kayaking and surfing! And the area is just stunningly beautiful. I can see why you were sad to return.

    Well, I cried when I said good bye to you that Tuesday morning, as I was so sad to see our time together end as I had SO MUCH FUN with you! I also was very very sad when I came home from Paris after my 30th birthday trip, but it was almost a blessing to be in such a funk and it really prompted me to make some changes in my life and create a life I was more excited about. But that is different than the post-honeymoon blues you experienced as you do really love the life you have! I can totally understand why you were sad when you were coming back. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have family and friends surrounding you like that. I’d be sad to see it come to an end, too!

  3. Becky says:

    Love these recaps – I don’t think I cried when our honeymoon was over but I was restless for awhile because I didn’t know what to do with myself! (And that picture of you after trying the mussels is classic!)

  4. I think I’ve teared up a little when leaving all the blogger meet ups!

    I can understand tearing up when the honeymoon is over, like you said, it’s something you’ve been planning for a long time and it’s once in a lifetime, so of course you’ll be sad to see it go over. But, just think, now you have a wonderful place to spend anniversaries at!

  5. Surfing is an incredible challenge! I’ve never gotten up on a board either, but I’ve only tried it a couple of times. Great job being more adventerous!

  6. paige says:


    Oy Vey. This made me so homesick! In a good way though 🙂 Can’t wait to get to the Island for Thanksgiving in October.

    Your honeymoon looks like so much fun, I’m dying to go see the goats.

    More Chloe!

  7. Caroline says:

    Surfing is so much harder than I ever expected it to be! The feeling of water pushing you is something you definitely have to get used to. I tried in San Diego last November and never really successfully got up.
    I can totally understand where the tears would come from, I sort of had that after my vacation in July for a mix of different reasons, so I can only imagine what you were going through. I think Kelly’s solution (booking another trip) was a good one! haha

  8. Amy says:

    I cried my eyes out when I left Paris. I understand! Your honeymoon looks amazing!

  9. Wow, that hotel IS gorgeous! I have heard that it is very, very, very, difficult to stand up on a surf board. I don’t think I would be very good at it at all, but I would like to try one day 🙂

    I think I cried at the end of a vacation before, but I can’t remember. Hasn’t been recently anyway.

  10. Lisa says:

    That hotel looks amazing. I love those occasional splurges!

  11. Holly says:

    I love surfing but haven’t done it in years – silly landlocked Alberta!!! I miss my ocean! I had post-honeymoon tears when we got boarded the plane home from Hawaii – we still had a few days off at home but they were filled with shopping for furniture and setting up our condo. It was strange to get back to “normal life” after so many months of planning the wedding!

  12. Nora says:

    Yup, I’ve cried at the end of vacations, especially when it involves girl trips! The first time I met Lisa I cried when I left, and also when I was reunited with my childhood BFF in Florida. And anytime I leave the beach I always, always, always cry.

    So glad you had an awesome trip and time, and loved seeing the photos and hearing the stories 🙂

  13. Leigh says:

    I’ve never tried surfing, but have a feeling that I would suck at it!! That’s fun that you guys splurged and spent a night at the Empress. So jealous that you went back to that Thai restaurant too…it was so yummy!

  14. Travel Spot says:

    I have tried surfing, but it was by myself and with a short board, which I later heard was harder to learn on. So I want to get back out there and try again someday! The water here (as I am sure it was there!) is very cold and the rip tide is really bad, which of course makes for great waves!

  15. Twice and both times our vacation continued on but I was torn up about leaving those particular places.

    The first was when I left Gimmelwald, Switzerland. To this day I would still say it’s my favourite place on earth. The saying about Gimmelwald is “If heaven’s not all it’s cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald!” And after having been there, I understand why. In fact, now I can scarcely say it without my voice cracking.

    And the second place was Tulum. I totally cried leaving there too!

  16. Shoshanah says:

    I’m a big fan of foie gras, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about in a dessert. Although I might be willing to try! Ha!

    And even though I grew up next to the beach with several friends who surf, I’ve never actually tried to do it.